For All Who Travel for Work – New Per Diem Rates Published

If you travel for work surely you are in tune with per diem rates for lodging meals and incidental expenses.  Did you know that your per diem changes based on where you hang your hat for the day or night.  This list below will help you dial in your claims. The US GSA has the…

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What to do WHEN you disagree with the IRS

The IRS Office of Appeals offers taxpayers an opportunity to resolve their tax disputes without going to court. Appeals is an independent function within the IRS that provides an impartial review of your tax dispute. Appeals also offers mediation services through Fast Track Settlement and other programs. These mediation programs are designed to help you…

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New Requirements for ITIN Applicants

New requirements implemented for dependents whose passports lack a date of entry stamp into the U.S. Beginning Oct. 1, 2016, the IRS will no longer accept passports that do not have a date of entry into the U.S. as a stand-alone identification document for dependents from countries other than Canada or Mexico or dependents of…

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Lessons Learned Preparing & Defending IRS Form 8938 – FATCA

Foreign Financial Asset Reporting (FATCA) – Form 8938 was enacted March 18, 2010 and requires filing of Form 8938. The FATCA requirement does not replace or otherwise affect a taxpayer’s obligation to file an FinCEN Form 114. Basically if you are a US taxpayer holding foreign financial assets you must file IRS Form 8938 if you have an…

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Foreign Earned Income for U.S. Overseas Taxpayers

The following was prepared by IRS Employees Bethany Barclay, Technical Specialist LB&I Division & Tracy McFee, CPA Technical Specialist LB&I Division regarding Foreign Earned Income Exclusion (FEIE). Tracy and I met as guest panelists on the hit TV Show Tax Talk Today – Aliens, Immigration, and Taxes – Navigating the Shoals and I’ve grown to truly appreciate…

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Foreign Tax Credit (FTC) A Drill Down into IRS Form 1116

With all the political rhetoric about borders and boundaries circulating these days by ‘news media’ outlets the fact of the matter is US Taxpayers are increasingly working and living abroad everyday. With that trend comes the fact that taxpayers and tax practitioners alike find it difficult navigating the shoals of Foreign Earned Income Exclusions (FEIE) reported on Form…

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Foreign Earned Income Exclusion (FEIE): Drill Down into IRS Form 2555

We get all sorts of fascinating questions from established US Taxpayers as well as those experiencing internationalism for the first time. It seems regardless of the degree of sophistication in US income tax filing obligations most people are out to lunch when it comes to arcane acronyms and filing requirements. Complicating matters is the fact…

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Foreign Business Entity Classification: The Risk of Doing Nothing

As my friend Brian Dooley points out when it comes to international tax compliance the US is indeed a sought after tax haven for non US Taxpayers. Money just tends to quietly flow into the USA – ALL THE TIME! For non US taxpayers the line is blurred at best between ‘investing’ in the US…

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